Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Garage
Spring is around the corner, and now is the perfect time to begin planning your annual spring cleaning. Tackling a big space like the garage can be overwhelming, especially if it’s been a while since your last garage spring cleaning. To help you jump-start the process, here are some tips to get the most out of the space in your garage.
It might sound strange, but making a list- on paper or in your mind- can make the job seem more manageable. If you can get started on your list in the days leading up to the actual clean-out, you can start to organize it based on what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of. As you clean, add to your list to help you stay organized. The best time to take a complete inventory is as you’re moving items around. Either pull everything out or shift items into groups within your garage.
Make Spring Cleaning a Team Effort
Get your partner, kids, or friends on board to help you with any heavy lifting or trips to the dump or donation center. Having a group around you will help keep you motivated and can significantly speed up the process. Make sure to communicate with them so that everyone is on the same page about what to throw out and what to keep.
Whether you pull everything out of your garage, or simply move things to the center for sorting, make sure you get a broom behind the long-standing items that have been collecting dust. Moving everything not only serves to remind you of what you have, but it also allows you to inspect your garage for damage and evidence of pests.
If you’ve pulled everything out of your garage and away from the driveway, now is a great time to rinse the floor with a garden hose and a gentle cleanser. Inspect and clean the garage door and opening mechanisms, and give your garage a good airing-out!
If you have a two-car garage and find that you can barely squeeze two cars into it, it might seem impossible to fit any bulky shelving or cabinetry in there. Fortunately, there are storage solutions. Make use of the space at the front of the garage; this often is the largest space available in terms of depth, but you should aim to use the vertical space as well. Store the least-used items on the highest shelves, and consider getting a small stepladder or stool that folds down when not in use.
Keep it Realistic
You don’t have to do everything in one day; in fact, if your goal requires several trips to get rid of items, it might make sense for you to spread out the job over several days. If this is the case, clean your garage based on categories. Here’s an example of a day-by-day plan.
- Day 1: Move everything out of the garage (if weather permits) and collect all items to be thrown away. If a trip to the dump is in order, load everything up and congratulate yourself for getting rid of all that junk! Before you call it a day, do a quick sweep with a push broom and move any items that should not be left out back into the garage.
- Day 2: Assess the space and purchase or construct shelving, hooks, and cabinets. Begin sorting items and deciding what should be kept, donated, or moved to another area of your home.
- Day 3: Make a trip to donate your items at the organization of your choice. Arrange the remaining items in your shiny, new organizational units. Finally, call everyone out to admire your handiwork.
Spring cleaning your garage doesn’t have to be a painful chore. Getting the space organized the way you like it can help you maintain your garage throughout the year. For more garage tips and garage door resources, check out our blog and contact us today.